I had a lovely, spirited and at times insightful conversation with Amy Shoko Brown, the force behind the Be the Change Radio program on WVKR radio in the Hudson Valley broadcasting out of Poughkeepsie, NY on June 6, 2012.
We talked about Somatic Experiencing, Cultural Animation, desire, hope and just what it takes to complete the stress response and what it means not to.
The conversation is about an hour long and available for download from the Be the Change Radio website.
Body syndromes: an emerging perspective informed by SE and the new traumatology – a recorded conversation between Irene Lyon and Twig
In October 2011 I was invited to an extended phone conversation about syndromal conditions with Irene Lyon (formerly Gutteridge). Irene is a Feldenkris and Somatic Experiencing practitioner in Whistler and Vancouver, BC. She also maintains a happin’ website on self-care, body awareness and felt sense directed living called The Human Groove.
Irene edited this conversation down to a jam packed 1 hour session on just what happens when the body gets out of whack and what we think we know about how to help bring it back to balance.
Some of the topics covered include:
- Overview of the autonomic nervous system (aka: our ANS).
- The human stress response and the psychobiology of trauma.
- Incomplete motor responses (incomplete stress response).
- Syndromes common to a disorganized autonomic nervous system.
- Distinction between the dorsal and ventral vagal aspects of our parasympathetic nervous system.
- How we can begin to self-regulate on our own.
- A future to look forward to.
In 2011 I had a wonderful 30 minute conversation with Serge Prengel for his SEPtalk.com blog. Serge is an long term and enthusiastic Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and psychotherapist in New York City.
We talked about one of my favorite questions (and one I’m dedicated to finding the answer to): What would it be like if everybody knew that trauma doesn’t have to be a permanent condition?
The talk is directed mostly for therapists but there’s some jewels in there for the general public as well. Check it out the write up at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institutes blog or go straight to the interview on the SEPtalk.com blog.
“The New Traumatology & the Trauma Spectrum” A Conversation between Dr. Robert Scaer and Anthony “Twig” Wheeler
In the summer of 2010 I had the very fortunate opportunity to have a recorded conversation with Dr. Robert Scaer, the author of The Body Bears the Burden and The Trauma Spectrum. Our talk covered a wide sweep of the inner workings of the experience of trauma, including its effects on individuals and society. We also reviewed the prospects for healing, the recovery of resiliency and wellbeing, and even the opportunity to cultivate wisdom from within the recovered self.
The video recordings are split into two parts: Part 1 is approximately 47min. and Part 2 is approximately 77min.
I hope you’ll enjoy it and pass it along to others. Videos and transcripts below.
You might also like to visit Dr. Robert Scaer’s website: traumasoma.com.
Interview with Steven Hoskinson on the design and purpose of the Somatic Experiencing® professional training for therapists
Steven Hoskinson is one of the premier Somatic Experiencing instructors in the world today. In 2007 we sat down to discuss the organization and relevance of the SE training, particularly for helping professionals and their work. Much of what is here will be of interest to anyone investing Somatic Experiencing.